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Hill, Henry v. Taylor, Humphrey: Chancery Cause, Madison County (Part 3 of 10)

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Question by same. Have you been one of the partners of Mr Taylor - are you in free communication with him ^at this time^ on his present & past transactions, business & debts [resulting?] from & connected with the negro trade he has carried on in the South; & what do ^you^ say is the aggregate of all that he holds in the South, whether in Lands Slaves & debts, except what is due the [firms?] of Saunders & Taylor - Taylor & Hudnal & Taylor Saunders & Nelson? Ans. I was in partnership with Mr Taylor at one time with one lot of Negroes, I have been very intimate with Mr Taylor ever since the year 1837 & he has communicated freely with me about his business & I do not believe that all the property Mr Taylor holds in the South that I know off would command $12,000 in cash. Question by same. Do you know anything of Mr Taylors intention to go to the South this fall, if yes state what it is? Ans. I have understood from Mr Taylor that he wished to go to the South to superintend the collection of debts due him there. Question by Same. Is or is it not within your knowledge that Mr Taylor, has no intention whatever of changing his permanent residence or removing to the South, or any where else out of Virginia & if yes please state the facts upon which you [illegible] that knowledge? Answer. I have no knowledge of Mr Taylors intentions of removing his residence out of Va. he has never intimated any thing of the kind to me whatsoever but I know that he has been building where he now resides and purchasing of lands adjoing of him recently.